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Original Research Articles                      Volume : 6, Issue:10, October, 2017

PRINT ISSN : 2319-7692
Online ISSN : 2319-7706
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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2017.6(10): 1135-1143

Entomophagy: A Viable Opportunity for Food Security
Padala Vinod Kumar, Mandla Rajashekhar*, N. Ramya, Varun Saini and Shahanaz
ICAR, Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi-110012, India
*Corresponding author

For rapid growing population, production of animal protein source in a sustainable manner is very difficult from conventional protein source under climate change scenario. Insects are the best alternative food source for conventional livestock. Entomophagy is one of the viable option to meet the global animal protein demand. Eating of insects has several advantages over consumption of conventional animals includes nutritional, environmental, social and economical opportunities. Several insect species are reared as feed for poultry and aquaculture. Insects are also used in world food programmes to alleviate malnutrition in children by improved use of traditional food. Insect harvesting or rearing is low tech and low investment option that gives the opportunities for both urban and rural people. Though edible insects are promising alternative for the conventional production of meat, either for direct human consumption or for indirect use as feedstock, nevertheless, a tremendous amount of work still needs to be done to fully realize the potential that insects offer for food security.

Keywords: Entomophagy, Food security, Animal protein source.

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Padala Vinod Kumar, Mandla Rajashekhar, N. Ramya, Varun Saini and Shahanaz. 2017. Entomophagy: A Viable Opportunity for Food Security.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 6(10): 1135-1143. doi:
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